Jamie Murray says watching brother Andy struggling with injury in his Wimbledon quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey was “sad to see”, and believes his sibling could learn from Roger Federer’s handling of breaks from the sport.
The world No 1, who battled a hip problem all tournament, lost 12 of the last 13 games against the American on Wednesday as he suffered a shock five-set defeat.
Jamie, who is still going in the tournament after reaching the mixed doubles semi-finals with Martina Hingis, said: “I just messaged him last night saying ‘Bad luck’ and ‘How are you?’.
“Obviously he was disappointed to lose but he’d been battling the last couple of weeks with his hip and for him the most important thing is just to get that sorted and do what needs to be done to get him back on the court feeling 100 per cent.
“I thought he played really well at the start of the match. It probably just got worse and worse as the tournament went on.
“Like he always does, he fought as hard as he could, and even though it was kind of sad to see him like that, he did his best.
“He’s my brother, you don’t like seeing him in pain obviously. You could kind of tell he wasn’t going to be able to get through the match so it was difficult but it’s sport, that happens.
“Unfortunately it came at a time where there was a huge event for him and I just hope he can get the necessary treatment, diagnosis, or whatever, rest and come back stronger than he was before.”
Novak Djokovic did not finish his quarter-final because of an elbow injury, leaving Federer as the clear favourite to win the men’s title.
Andy Murray and Djokovic have both turned 30 this year, and Jamie feels Federer’s success after two lengthy breaks in the last 12 months will give all the older players food for thought.
“I don’t know exactly how he’s feeling and how his body is but I’m sure at some point he will have to manage his workload,” Jamie said of his brother.
“Federer’s obviously done an amazing job with that. He’s coming in fresh, he’s looking forward to playing, and he’s got a great chance to win again. I’m sure guys, not just Andy, will probably look at that and learn from that.
“It’s been a huge build-up for him during his career with the amount of training he’s done, the amount of matches that he’s played, the conditions that he’s played in and what he’s put his body through.
“Of course as you get older, those things (injuries) are going to happen.”